Western Railway recently said the first ‘textile parcel’ special train having 25 new modified goods wagons customised to carry textile material left from Surat to Bihar to boost the Gujarat city’s textile market through an economical, faster and safer mode of transport.

Minister of state for railways and textiles Darshana Jardosh flagged off the train on September 4 from the Udhna new goods shed in Surat for Danapur near Patna and Ram Dayalu Nagar near Muzaffarpur in Bihar, the Western Railway (WR) said in a release.

“Textile traffic has been loaded for the first time in customised NMG (new modified goods) wagons at the Udhna New Goods Shed. In this direction, the textile parcel special train, consisting of 25 NMG wagons, was run for the first time from the Udhna New Goods Shed carrying textile material to Patna and Muzaffarpur,” said the release.

“It will especially benefit the textile market of Surat area as it’s economical, faster and safer. This has in-turn provided an opportunity for tapping the huge potential of the textile market and will cater to the transportation needs of textile industry godown hubs in and around the Surat city,” the release said.